NY Air Guard hosts 67 local clergy at Hancock Field Air information event, Tuesday, June 14

Media Advisory

HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SYRACUSE , NEW YORK (06/13/2022) (readMedia)-- Sixty-seven local pastors will get a tour of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base and learn what military chaplains do, during a special Clergy Day event being hosted by the New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing on Tuesday, June 14.

The purpose of the event, according to Chaplain (Major) Matthew Hallenbeck, the wing's chaplains, is educate the clergy members who minister to members of the wing, about what Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the unit do.

They will meet with the wing commander, Col. William McCrink and tour key facilities on base.

The participants will also get a briefing about what military chaplains do and the opportunities for them to participate as part -time Air or Army National Guard chaplains, according to Hallenbeck.

Members of the press are invited to attend the event.

WHO: Sixty-seven religious leaders from the Syracuse area, Col. William McCrink, commander of the 174th Attack Wing, and Chaplain (Major) Matthew Hallenbeck, the 174th Attack Wing chaplain.

WHAT: A familiarization visit with leaders and Airmen of the 174th Attack Wing. Participants will visit maintenance and training facilities and finish up with lunch.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. Members of the press can arrive at 1130 and catch part of the base tour and sit in on the lunchtime meetings.

WHERE: Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, 6001 E Molloy Rd, Mattydale, New York

Cover Opportunities:

Interviews with New York Air National Guard Airmen and Leaders and members of the clergy who will be participating in the event. Media members will be able to participate in the base tour as well.

Reporters who wish to cover the event must contact Major Suzanne Jedrosko at (315) 744-0693 for access to this secure military facility by close of business on Monday, June 13th.